CAROLYN COLE BIOGRAPHY


Carolyn Cole finds her voice within the rich traditions of abstraction.  She creates a cohesive body of work that translates into a language of intense color, sumptuous textures, and organic compositions.  Color plays an important role in describing the emotional value and mood of each work.  Cole’s forms are instinctually achieved through the process of applying multiple layers of pigment over a collage of recycled envelopes, creating a subtle, textured surface.

Cole has had over 40 solo exhibits and been the recipient of many artist awards during the past 32 years.  Her paintings combine dense surfaces, abstraction, geometry, and many layers of paint.  Cole was a magna cum laude graduate of Portland State University in 1977, and her work has been exhibited all over the United States.  She spent ten years an artist in New York City, where she exhibited extensively before settling back into the Northwest in 1991.

Cole’s work was recently added to Portland Art Museum’s collection.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013    Mark Gallery, Englewood, NJ

2012    Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

2012    Gallery KH, Chicago, IL

2012    Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK

2011    Gallery KH, Chicago, IL

2011    Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2011    The William and Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010    The William and Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010    Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2010    Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

2009    Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

2009    The William and Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009    Gallery KH, Chicago, IL

2008    Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

2008    Mary Bell Galleries, Chicago, IL

2008    The William and Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006    Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

2006    Davis and Cline Galleries, Ashland, OR

2006    Cohen Rese Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006    “Infusion 3”, Deloney Newkirk Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2005    Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

2004    Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003    Highlands Sculpture Gallery, Carmel, CA

2003    Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR

2002    Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002    Cohen Rese Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001    Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR

2000    Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR

1998    Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR

1997    Cabell Gallery, Catlin-Gable School, Portland, OR

1996    Spokane Performing Arts Center, Spokane, WA

1996    American Institute of Architects, Portland, OR

1991    55 Mercer Street Gallery, New York, NY

1987    Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

1985    Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

1981    Fountain Gallery, Portland, OR

1979    Arts Place Gallery, Portland, OR

1979    Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA

1978    Willamette University, Salem, OR

1977    Anne Hughes Gallery, Portland, OR

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013    Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

2013    KM Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

2012    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2011    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2010    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2009    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2009    Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY

2009    Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2008    Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

2008    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2008    Art in Embassies Exhibition, American Embassy, Doha, Qatar

2007    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2007    Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY

2006    Mary Bell Galleries, Chicago, IL

2006    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2005    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2004    AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2004    “Gesturing,” Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

2004    “Abstracte Elegant,” Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003    Cohen Rese Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003    San Francisco International Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2002    San Francisco International Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2001    “Text,” Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

2000    Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999    “Art Slate 1998,” Condon, OR

1999    Ballard Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992    Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Annual Exhibit, Brooklyn, NY

1991    Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Annual Exhibit, Brooklyn, NY

1990    “Ten Downtown,” Artists in General Gallery, New York, NY

1989     La Mama Galleria, New York, NY

1988    “The All Male Feminist Show,” New Waterfront Museum, New York, NY

1989    “Curator’s Choice,” White Columns, New York, NY

1988    Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show, New York, NY              

1987    “Art, Bridges, Space,” New York, NY

1986    “Ten on Eight,” New York, NY

1986    "On the Edge,” Temporary Edge Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1986    Donald Wren Gallery, New York, New York

1985    Ninth Annual Small Works Show, New York University, New York, NY

1984    “Seven New York Artists-New Abstraction,” R Street Gallery, Washington D.C.

1983    “On, Of and About Paper,” Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1982    Brooklyn Museum Annual Exhibit, Brooklyn, NY

1980    “Paper Works,” traveling exhibit to six Western States

1979    “Works on Paper,” White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR

1978    “Five Artists of Oregon,” Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR

1978    Invitational Exhibit, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

1977    “Mixed Media and Technique,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

1977    “Artists of Oregon 1977,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

1977    “In Touch: Nature, Ritual and Sensuous Art from the Northwest," Portland Center for Visual Art, Portland, OR

1977    “60th Annual Exhibition,” Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

1977    “Contemporary Issues:  Works on Paper by Women,” Los Angeles, CA

1976    “Artists of Oregon-Paperwork II,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

 

Selected Public & Private Collections

American Express, New York, NY
Asia Europe America Bank, Seattle, WA
Attorney General, State of Washington, Seattle, WA
Bankers Trust Bank, New York, NY
Banque Indosuez, New York, NY
Boutwell, Beard & Grimes, Portland, OR
Brown, Tarlow, Smith & Bridges, Newberg, OR (several paintings)
Bullivant, Houser, Bailey PC, Portland, OR (several paintings)
Campbell Soup Company, Camden, NJ (several paintings)
CIGNA Corporation, New York, NY
City Commissioner Charles Jordan, Portland, OR
City of Portland, OR (several paintings)
Tyler Comann, San Francisco, CA (several paintings)
Bill Draper, Draper Richards, LP, San Francisco, CA
Emmanuel Hospital, Portland, OR
Facilities West, for Pacificorp, Portland, OR (several paintings)
First American Title Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
General Catalyst, Cambridge, MA
Al Gore, Nashville, TN
Graphic Ink & Chemical, Chicago, IL
Hanlon Brown Design, Portland, OR
Hannah Anderson Designs, Portland, OR
Health Resources, Tualatin, OR
The Heinz Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Henshaw and Culbertson, Boston, MA
IBM Corporation, New York, NY (several paintings)
IBM Corporation, Milford, CT
Iwan, Cray, Chicago, IL (several paintings)
Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR (several paintings)
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR (several paintings)
Lord & Taylor Department Store, New York, NY (several paintings)
Manufacturers Hanover Trust, New York, NY
Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehih, Portland, OR (several paintings)
Marshal Erdman Co, Madison, WI
Meyer Memorial Trust
Miller, Nash, Portland, OR
NERCO, Portland, OR
Mary O'Connor, Portland, OR
Oregon Governor's Mansion, Salem, OR
Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, OR
The Pacific Institute, Seattle, WA
Paragon Restaurant, Portland, OR
Perkins, Coie, LLP, Portland, OR
John Podesta, Washington D.C.
Wally Prawicki and Jeff Spira, Tucson, AZ
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, Portland, OR
Portland State University, Portland, OR
The Pratt Company, San Francisco, CA
RNM Properties, San Francisco, CA
Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, Portland, OR (several paintings)
Salton, Inc., Lake Forest, IL
Gordon Segal, Crate & Barrel, Chicago, IL
Jordan Schnitzer, Portland, OR
SEM Group, Ltd., Denver, CO
Slim Chandra-Shekar, San Rafael, CA
Stoll and Stoll, Portland, OR
Southeastern Banking Corporation, New York, NY
TCDI, Greensboro, NC
Titan Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco, CA (several paintings)
TRW Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Walt Disney Productions, Los Angeles, CA (several paintings)
Zale Corporation, New York, NY

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